First Trailer and Image from Apocalyptic Drama 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH Starring Willem Dafoe

     February 23, 2012

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Seeing as how Armageddon and Deep Impact are almost 15 years old now, it’s apparently time for movies to tackle the apocalypse again. This time, however, the apocalypse-centered films are more interested in understated drama than exploding your eyeballs. The Steve Carell dramedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens this May, and today the first trailer for the drama 4:44 Last Day on Earth hit the web. The film stars Willem Dafoe and looks to be quite the downer, as the story takes place the night before the world is set to end at 4:44 am. The protagonists of the film aren’t trying to find a means of escape or a way out, but have wholly accepted the fact that they will cease to exist in one day’s time. It’s heavy stuff that should make for an intriguing cinematic experience, but I may be in need of a hefty pick-me-up once the credits roll. Space Jam watch party, anyone?

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. 4:44 Last Day on Earth opens in limited release and VOD on March 23rd.

Here’s the official synopsis for 4:44 Last Day on Earth:

In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter, he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They – like the majority of the Earth’s population – have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.

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